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    Video with different format

    I notice a problem with RR playing different types of video file. In the video file folder I have couple AVI and VOB (extracted directly from DVD) files. When I play the AVI files alone everything works, but if I try to play VOB after AVI, video player skin got stuck on the screen and I can see the AVI file name still in winamp's playlist, and media player classic did not open. However if I restart RR and play the VOB file first, media player classic plays the file fine but I cannot open the AVI files.

    Is there's anyway to force video player skin to use only media player classic instead of winamp? And is this going to solve the problem?

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    It should be using MPC or built in video already.

    How is your config set up? There's "options" for this.

    Come to think of it, I don't think rr uses winamp to play video or dvd at all..............
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    Winamp should not be handling any videos ever.. either you'll play all with the built-in player OR with MPC by option in RRConfig. If you can't play VOB files in the built-in player you probably just need a filter/codec (I can play them all just fine).. MPC should also be able to handle both, again, unless you have codec issues.
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    I saw the my test video filename in video.m3u under RR directory, and the *.m3u file is associated with winamp. Wouldn't that use winamp to open the video file?

    How do I get around this? Since the ffdshow codec I installed seems to work for MPC only but not winamp, and I actually prefer MPC for video files......

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    Bump, anyone?

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    *.m3u files are just playlists. The m3u extension is probably associated with winamp, which gives it the winamp icon. The association means that it will launch winamp if you double click the file, that's microsofts way of making it easy to open specific types of files. However, just because its associated with winamp doesn't mean it has to be opened or played with winamp. You can open *.m3u files with basically any media player.

    Look at your road runner settings and figure out weather you're using the built in video player or MPC. Whatever that setting is, is the program that is playing (or attempting to play) your video files.

    I agree with Guino, you're probably running into codec issues. Download the latest version of xvid or FFDShow and see if that helps at all.
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    Updated ffdshow to 2008-01-15 and still seeing the same behavior:

    1. with built-in player checked:
    RR plays AVI but skips MPG

    2. with built-in player UNchecked, using MPC:
    RR plays MPG but skips AVI

    What I meant "skip" is it seems to load the file but jump directly to the end of file, if I have multiple files in videos.m3u, then the screen flicks then jump to the next video file. The "video file format" includes AVI and MPG in both cases.

    I'm not sure how to test the built-in player, but both AVI and MPG plays fine in stand-alone MPC.
    Any ideas?

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    sounds like you have some very wierd codec issues in your machine that even FFDShow can't take care of... ... al I can suggest is to play with FFDSHOW settings for the built-in player OR play with MPC Settings for the MPC player -- does MPC play AVI files outside RR? Probably not.
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    Don't play VOB files. They are large and will tax your system. Keep it simple with Divx or Xvid. FFDSHOW and Matroska pack might fix your issue but still... dont use VOB.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guino View Post
    sounds like you have some very wierd codec issues in your machine that even FFDShow can't take care of... ... al I can suggest is to play with FFDSHOW settings for the built-in player OR play with MPC Settings for the MPC player -- does MPC play AVI files outside RR? Probably not.
    That's the weird part I'm still trying to figure out, MPC plays AVI fine outside of RR...

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